1. Moving with a slow pace or motion; slow; not swift. And check the tardy flight of time. (Sandys) Tardy to vengeance, and with mercy brave. (prior)
2. Not being inseason; late; dilatory; opposed to prompt; as, to be tardy in one’s payments. The tardy plants in our cold orchards placed. (waller)
3. Unwary; unready.
4. Criminal; guilty.
Synonym: slow, dilatory, tedious, reluctant. See Slow.
Origin: F. Tardif, fr. (assumed) LL. Tardivus, fr. L. Tardus slow.